Material Physics

Material research is performed by many research groups in the Department. High temperature superconductors and magnetic semiconductors are investigated at Wihuri Physical Laboratory, as well nuclear magnetic resonance in solids and physics of small electrical devices in nanometer scale.

The group of Material Science in the Materials Research Laboratory explores the structure and dynamics of the fundamental parts of material by using high-energetic Rontgen radiation which can be produced by synchrotron accelerators. The group of Material Physics has focused on experimental, computational and theoretical characterisation of material surfaces and thin films.
The research of Laboratory of Industrial Physics concentrates upon studies of pharmaceutical physics, electrostatics of powders and porous materials. The laboratory also develops new sensors based on porous silicon and explores the usability of this material as a carrier of drug ingredients.

Quantum Physics

Quantum mechanics is an essential part of modern physics. In the Department quantum physics is explored both theoretically and experimentally. Quantum properties of atomic hydrogen has been characterized a long time in Wihuri Research Laboratory.

Laser cooled atoms and Bose-Einstein condensates and various aspects of quantum information are studied  in the Laboratory of Quantum Optics. There is also a research group investigating behavior of various complex and stochastic systems. The laboratory has also got a new source of polarisation entangled photons which can be used to demonstrate many fundamental phenomena of quantum physics.

The mathematical structure of quantum physics and problems of measuring quantum systems are investigated in the group of operational quantum physics which is part of the Laboratory of Theoretical Physics.

Astronomy and Space Research

Tuorla Observatory  is the leading astronomical institute in Finland in many areas of astronomical research. High energy research group studies mainly the astrophysics of black holes and neutron stars. The observatory participates in Magic Telescope collaboration and CTA-project  in which the large atmospheric Cherenkov telescopes are used for gamma-ray astronomy. The large-scale structure of the universe and galaxy evolution are studied by using numerical simulations and large galaxy surveys in order to understand the galaxy properties in the Universe. Also the physics of the Sun, comets, supernovae and exoplanets are studied in Tuorla.

Space Research Laboratory investigates solar activity and heliospheric physics with Tuorla Observatory. This laboratory in also involved in the antimatter search experiment carried on the International Space Station.
The particle cosmology group in the Laboratory of Theoretical Physics studies the structure of early universe and gravitational phenomena related to dark matter and energy.​

 Centre for Quantum Physics


 Centre for Materials and Surfaces